As we prepare to go to Costa Rica, we are excited about opportunities to partner with churches in impacting the next generation.
Last weekend, I got the opportunity to preach a sermon on Psalm 145 as part of Ambassador’s “Summer Psalms” series. In the message, I unpacked what it takes for all believers to fulfill their calling to commend God to the young people in their families and churches.
In v4, the Psalmist says “one generation shall commend your works to another.” It has beautiful echoes of other great passages about family/generation-to-generation worship like Deuteronomy 6 and Psalm 78.
These passages of Scripture show us that generation-to-generation worship is:
- Motivated by private devotion to God – Deuteronomy 6 tells us that impacting the next generation starts with knowing who God is, loving Him with all you are, and having His words on your heart.
- Practiced intentionally – we don’t just stop at the passive activities of exposing our kids to God’s words (“binding and writing”), we are active in teaching them and talking about them with our children. Knowing, as Tedd and Margy Tripp say, that “Our responses to the circumstances and crises of everyday life make our theology real.”
- Pursued with delight in God – we don’t just tell or teach we commend. How we talk about God with our children demonstrates that we have tasted and seen that God is good!
- Focused on the future – our lives are a vapor and we can take a meaningful role in fulfilling God’s command to impress the truth on the next generation. Psalm 78:5-8 unpacks the purpose of this – we want our children, even those unborn, to know God, hope in Him, and serve Him faithfully. We also want them to avoid the sad results when God’s people do not keep the commands of Deuteronomy 6. In two generations, the nation of Israel went from Joshua’s “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15) to “there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel…And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers” (Judges 2:10,12).
The full excerpt of that part of the sermon is below. And you can watch the whole thing on Ambassador’s website.